If you have ever attended a training seminar sponsored by your company, you have probably had the dubious pleasure of filling out that ranking sheet on the very last day of the conference. Here you are asked to rank what you liked, what you didn’t like and also are given an opportunity to talk about what you felt could have been made better, and how. Here are some of the most common ways in which training seminars are ranked ‘less-than-perfect’ along with some suggestions on making improvements.
The Smartest Isn’t Always the Best Speaker
Here is the most common cause for training seminars to be ranked poorly by participants. It is understandable that administrators want to utilize experts in their respective fields when it comes to training, but this can pose a problem. Many of a company’s smartest and most experienced staff members are horrible public speakers. It has been suggested on quite a few participant surveys that it would be better to have the ‘expert’ write the key points while using someone with a bit more ‘personality’ to make the presentation. If the audience is bored to death, they will assimilate little knowledge so choose your speakers wisely!
Outdated Audio Visual Equipment
Another area that is sorely lacking in many training seminars is up-to-date audio visual equipment. Some training seminars have a huge attendance but the presenter chose to use a laptop with a drop-down white screen that has seen better days. Those in the back of the conference hall are unable to clearly see materials that are being presented and as a result, are unable to actually assimilate any knowledge that is being imparted. The remedy is an easy fix with state-of-the-art video projection systems developed by Videonations. Whether showing in the front of a large auditorium, images on ceilings or even on white walls, these are amazing pieces of technology that can even employ 3D imagery.
Breaks Too Far Between
Let’s face it, when you are used to being busy at your job, it’s hard to get accustomed to sitting for long periods of time. Many training seminar coordinators don’t space those ten minute breaks correctly, which really doesn’t sit well with participants. Some coordinators will have a series of speakers talk for 3 hours straight before giving attendees time to stretch their legs. If you don’t get the blood circulating, it is a sure bet that at least half have lost focus and are almost asleep. The easy fix is to slot breaks no further apart than 1 ½ to 2 hours in order to keep everyone alert and receptive to information being passed on.
Whether you are a training seminar coordinator or a manager approving the itinerary, it is important to keep these common mistakes in mind. Whilst there are a great number of benefits in getting a large group together to undergo training all at the same time, a poorly planned seminar doesn’t provide the benefits necessary to make it a success.